Forest Operations Review / Winter 2004 " 13 FOREST RESOURCES ASSOCIATION INC. 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 350 Rockville, Maryland 20852 Phone: 301/838-9385 Fax: 301/838-9481 Technical Release 04-R-07 DEVICE ATTACHES AMBER STROBE LIGHTS TO TREELENGTH LOADS Trucks/Trucking: safety February 2004 INTRODUCTION: Loggers in some states are required to attach amber flashing lights to treelength loads where the overhang is four feet or more beyond the back of the trailer. I needed a safe and simple way to attach the flashing light to my treelength loads, so I devised and built a tool to accomplish this on my logging operation.
GENERAL FEATURES: I cut a somewhat bottle-shaped piece of quarter-inch-thick metal to fit the contour of the strobe light 9s underside and to provide a place on which to wrap the electrical cord. I inserted a six-inch screw eye and washer through the small end of the metal plate. OPERATION: To attach the light, I simply twist the screw eye into the end of a log or pulpwood stem overhanging on the trailer.
The truck driver can use the bar he uses for tightening his binding straps to twist the screw eye into the tree. The wiring from the light can be wound around ... more. less.
or secured to a hook I have welded onto the back of the trailer and then connected to the electrical outlet at the rear of the trailer. APPLICATION: The local NAPA automotive parts store liked my invention 4the store now produces and sells the lights with my modification.<br><br> A few other loggers in the area also liked my light/connection unit and have asked me for the plans. SPECIFICATION AND COSTS: The strobe light costs about $50. The only additional cost is a minimal amount for the metal, screw eye, washers, and an hour or less of labor time for fabricating and attaching the metal plate.<br><br> Fig. 1: Strobe light modification using quarter-inch-thick metal and screw eye. Fig.<br><br> 2: Binder tightening bar can be used to screw strobe light attachment into a piece of treelength wood. Fig. 3: Strobe light stays tight on end of load.<br><br> Fig. 5: Sylvester Comer was honored for 50 years of logging excellence in 2002. Sylvester Comer Comer Logging 115 Wilkinson Road Palatka, Florida 32177 386/325-4280 STAFF COMMENT: Sylvester Comer, Florida 9s 2002 State Outstanding Logger, celebrated his logging operation 9s 50th anniversary in 2002.<br><br> Safety and innovation are still hallmarks of his business after five decades. Reviewed by: Rick Meyer Appalachian/Southeastern Technical Division Forester 14 " Forest Operations Review / Winter 2004 Technical Release 04-R-07 / continued Fig. 4: Strobe light wiring is secured around trailer hook and plugged into rear electrical outlet.<br><br>